Anopheles mosquito head

Anopheles mosquito head

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Caption: Anopheles mosquito head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a female Anopheles sp. mosquito, the vector for the malaria parasite. The mouthparts consist of two mandibular palps (lower left) and a proboscis (not seen), which contains the piercing and sucking instruments necessary to obtain a blood meal from humans and other animals. The compound eye is at upper centre. Magnification: x22 at 35mm size.

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